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          DOMAINE DE

 The jewel of Maison   had to train our teams to be able to   LONGUE TOQUE
 Gabriel Meffre’s estates,   operate them." Some plots are more
 Domaine de Longue Toque   challenging than others. "This is the   ACHIEVES
 was awarded organic   case with those located in the Cayron
 certification in 2020
 following a three-year   area, at the foot  of the Dentelles   ORGANIC
 transition. Read on to find   Sarrasines, at an altitude of nearly
 out more.    500 metres," comments Nicolas.
 "This is at the  limit of where vines   CERTIFICATION
 can be grown; there are very steep
 he organic flag  now   slopes and a high level of limestone
 flies proudly over  the   in the soil.  However, these terroirs
 47  hectares  of Domaine   are very much worth the effort. Late
 Tde  Longue  Toque,  and fresh, they compensate for  hot
 which  was  acquired  by Maison   years, bringing a lot of freshness and
 Gabriel Meffre in 1999.  Covering   elegance to our wines."
 several appellations – Gigondas,
 Vacqueyras, Côtes du Rhône   Partly  abandoned when  it was
 Villages Plan  de Dieu and,  more   acquired by Maison Gabriel Meffre,
 recently, Cairanne, Rasteau and   the vineyard has been significantly
 Côtes du Rhône – it was awarded   restructured. "We have rebuilt  all
 'Agriculture  Biologique'  (organic   of the "banquettes" (narrow terraces,
 farming) certification in 2020 after   measuring between 5m and 10m in
 completing a three-year transition   width, where the  vine grows)  and,
 process.  "We have learned to  live   this winter, we are going to graft
 with weeds!" says Nicolas Spéranza,   some Grenache vines using rootstock
 vineyard manager, with a smile. "In   suited to these  extreme  conditions."
 our climate, vine diseases are not a   The vine stock that will be used is
 big  problem.  The main  challenge   from massal selection: "this method
 when  transitioning to organic is   involves identifying the vines on
 managing weeds."   a  plot  that  are the highest quality,
 the most interesting to multiply,"
 In order  to manage  them, much   explains  Nicolas. "It is  a way to
 effort  has been put into  working   preserve biodiversity  and existing
 the soil, including  mowing  the   assets." We will need to wait three              Nicolas Spéranza - vineyard manager
 plots  and  the  use  of inter-vine   years  for  these  young vines  to
 cultivators. "We have  equipped   produce their first grapes.
 ourselves with the  necessary tools,"                        Domaine de Longue Toque: key figures
 continues  Nicolas. “We have also                            - 47 hectares
                                                              -  2020 vintage certified organic for the Gigondas,
                                                              Vacqueyras, Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu
                                                              and Côtes du Rhône white AOPs
                                                              - Organic certification underway for the Cairanne,
                                                              Rasteau, Côtes du Rhône Villages and Côtes du
                                                              Rhône red AOPs
 Parcel in Cayron area at 500m in altitude in the heart of the Dentelles de Monmirail
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